Learn About Automated External Defibrillators
The American Red Cross supports the position that improved training and access to AEDs could save 50,000 lives each year. The Red Cross believes that all Americans should be within four minutes of an AED and someone trained to use it.
Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Over 350,000 people will suffer from sudden cardiac arrest this year. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and at any age. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest and is an easy to operate tool for someone with no medical background.
Time is of the Essence
- The average response time for first responders once 911 is called is 8-12 minutes.
- For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced approximately 10%.
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Making a Difference
Boston Celtics’ strength and conditioning coach, Bryan Doo, used an AED to save Chuck Conley’s life at Newton’s Hyde Community Center. The AED was placed in the gym by a local doctor after a friend of his died in the same gym during a game.
Five students saved a teacher’s life at the Noble Activity Center Pool, using an AED. “We hooked him up to the AED, and it administered a shock. His color started coming back, and he started breathing. Without that AED, we would have lost him.”
The 2010 consensus on science for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) agrees that Sudden Cardiac Arrest can be treated most effectively by a combination of CPR and Defibrillation.
What is an AED?
- AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator.
- It is a medical device that analyzes the heart’s rhythm.
- If necessary, it delivers an electrical shock, known as defibrillation, which helps the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.
Liability protection for rescuers and providers of AEDs:
- Federal Cardiac Arrest Survival Act (2000)
- All 50 U.S. states and DC have specific AED laws and regulations limiting liability
Red Cross Value
- Variety of options – 4 vendors and 11 models
- AED training and re-training programs
- AED program implementation at your facility, including site analysis
- Facilitation of purchase of units, accessories, and service and maintenance plans
- Working with the Red Cross also supports services in our community
- Latest Science
- Aligned with Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) Guidelines
- Meets OSHA Guidelines
- Approved by the Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council
- Extendable with add-on modules or training (Bloodborne Pathogens, Asthma Inhalers, and more)
- Two-year certification with free digital refreshers
- Free digital or affordable print materials
- Emphasis on hands-on skills
- Flexible training options (classroom/blended/train-the-trainer)
- Superior instructor resources